The Holy Martyr Conon the Gardener


The Holy Martyr Conon the Gardener was born in Nazareth of Galilee, but he lived in the city of Mandona, where he occupied himself with gardening. He was a God-fearing man, sincere in heart, and without malice. The saint suffered for his faith in Christ under the emperor Decius (249-251). When they brought him to trial, he unwaveringly and firmly confessed his faith. The torturers drove nails into his feet and dragged him behind a chariot until the sufferer collapsed from exhaustion. With a prayer, he surrendered his spirit to the Lord.

Troparion - Tone 4

Your holy martyr Conon, O Lord,

through his suffering has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God.

For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries,

and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.

Through his intercessions, save our souls!

Kontakion - Tone 3

Having lived in purity on earth like an angel,

you were counted worthy to converse with the bodiless hosts.

You brought your parents to the knowledge of Christ

and having confessed the one God in Trinity,

you suffered to the shedding of your blood.

Martyr Conon, ever entreat Him for the sake of us all!

Source: Orthodox calendar